Summer 2013: TED Global, Decoded Blitz & Australian Business Congress
Hurray! My new site is finally done! Well, not really. The design has been updated but I’m still fiddling with the content, so keep checking back to see new videos, pics and posts.
JUNE: TED Global, Edinburgh & Parisian Wedding
As you might have guessed from my earlier post, I spent more of June getting ready to be married to the love of my life, Jesse Morgan! The rest of the month was spent entertaining our families who made the trip to share in our happy day. It was so delightful, I’m settling in quite nicely to the life of a newlywed. Actually, not that much has changed except now I get a pretty ring to wear. I did manage to go with my co-authors (aka Team Awesome) to TED Global in Scotland which was a total blast. It was one of those weeks where you leave thinking that your brain cannot possibly fit one more idea or new concept. I took a bunch of notes on my iPad of some of the sessions, you can see a snapshot below:
July: Decoded Session, Toronto
Spent half of July in Toronto putting the final touches for Decoded, and it was really fun to look at the draft as a whole and compare it with the very first version. It was like night and day! I couldn’t believe how different it was and how evolved our thinking got as we went through the process. I also confirmed my belief that no matter how good of a writer you think you are, an editor is an essential part of the writing process. Our editor Arthur was just amazing and really brought out the of what we were trying to say. We are at the fun stage now where we are looking at cover designs and brainstorming subtitles and I just can’t believe the big writing marathon is done!
August: Australian Business Congress
I was invited to speak at the Australian Business Congress and shared some of my latest research on ArchiTechs. It was my first trip to Australia and so Jesse and I decided to extend our trip and take a two week roadtrip around the country. We visited Melbourne, drove down the Ocean Coast Road and then flew up to Cairns to snorkel in the Great Barrier Reef. Australia is beautiful and would be an amazing country to live in if it wasn’t for the fact that it’s so far and everything is trying to kill you. Seriously, I felt as though I was in danger from killer razor sharp vines, toxic tree bark, spiders, scorpions, crocodiles and more. Highlight of the trip include getting to feed a kangaroo, lowlight was then getting groped by said kangaroo which was sort of scary. I know I’ve said this before, but there is nothing better than a road trip. Just the car, good music and the open road. We passed through miles of open sky, mountains, forests, and cute little towns.
Now that the site is up and running I’ll be blogging a lot more. I was surprised at how much I missed writing!
Some other bits and pieces:
I did an interview with Global InvestHer about living an unconventional career path.
I wrote a two part series for Techonomy about Amazon’s new Fan Fiction Initiative:
Part 1: With Fan Fiction, Amazon Continues to Remake the Book Business
Part 2: Kindle Worlds Is a Mixed Blessing for Both Authors and Readers